8/2/11 and 8/9/11. On August 2 and August 9, our guests are the candidates in the upcoming election for County Executive of Erie County, NY: the current County Executive Chris Collins (R), and the current County Comptroller Mark Poloncarz (D).
On these dates, we combine Conversations About Gambling with the preceding program, The Public Good, hosted by Sam Magavern (Tuesday 1:00-1:30pm), so each candidate has a full hour (1:00-2:00pm) to present his views on such issues as poverty, racism, education, cultural funding, and casino gambling in Erie County.
Chris Collins is with us on August 2, responding to questions from the hosts and the listening audience. The recording begins as Collins is replying to Sam Magavernâs first question:
âAs a county, we are not unusually poor. In 2009, the poverty rate for Erie County was 13.9%, below the national average of 14.3%. Where we are unusual is the way that our poverty is concentrated in the city of Buffalo. In 2009, the poverty rate in Buffalo was 29%, whereas the poverty rate for the rest of the county was 8%. What have you done so far to address Buffaloâs concentrated poverty, and what are your plans for the future?â